workshops


Workshops

SHAKESPEARE ACTING LABORATORY 
delayed start due to that big snowstorm!!
Now beginning Tuesday, February 19!
See details below!!
Register today for ARTFARM's 
Shakespeare Acting Laboratory
With ARTFARM Artistic Director 
Marcella Trowbridge
Tuesdays, 7 – 9 pm, February 19 – April 2,
Culminating in a Shakespeare Share, Tuesday, April 2
An eight week acting workshop with ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge. 
Known as both an exceptional performer of Shakespeare and a peerless acting coach, Marcella will lead participants in an intensive exploration of Shakespeare from the actors’ point of view. The work will involve text analysis, emotional literacy, voice and breath, physical training, improvisation and play. Actors will work alone and together on couplets, monologues and scenes. 
18 and over only.

Room 808, Chapman Hall, Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT
Tuition: $250 (some work to study/play available. inquire, if aid needed)

For information, or to register, contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390 or info@art-farm.org.
Marcella Trowbridge as Katarina 
in ARTFARM's production of Taming of the Shrew.

This is an “ARTFARM at MxCC” event, but it is not part of MxCC’s course offerings. Middlesex Community College is generously providing the space for this ARTFARM Shakespeare Acting Laboratory as part of the “Shakespeare on Campus, 2013” initiative. “Shakespeare on Campus, 2013” is a 6 month partnership between ARTFARM and MxCC, which will culminate in the Shakespeare in the Grove production of “Much Ado About Nothing” July 18 – 28.
"Shakespeare on Campus” is partially funded by the Connecticut Office of the Arts.
 

ALL AGES

INTRODUCTION TO CIRCUS SKILLS

An age appropriate introduction to juggling, acrobatics, physical comedy and other circus skills. Can be offered as a 90 minute one-off workshop, or extended into the Instant Circus model described below.
For more extended CIRCUS training, see RESIDENCIES page.


INSTANT CIRCUS or CIRCUS IN A DAY

A single day circus arts program model

This model involves 3 teaching artists and a stage manager/costumer. It can engage up to 45 young people in an intensive day of circus arts culminating in an Instant Circus presentation for parents and friends. The morning is spent introducing the participants to several circus skills, including clowning and slapstick, acrobatics and equilibristics, juggling and object manipulation. After lunch the participants are divided into three “acts”, which will rehearse first separately, then together in preparation for the Instant Circus.

Overview of the day (10 am – 4 pm):

10 am: OPENING CIRCLE – Introduction and warm-up for the entire group.

10:30 am: Participants are divided into three sections for FUNDAMENTALS, in which the three groups of approximately fifteen participants cycle through the three instructors for thirty minutes each of introductory training in:  

1)      JUGGLING AND OBJECT MANIPULATION, including ball juggling, diabolo, Chinese stick and plate spinning.

2)      ACROBATICS AND EQUILIBRISTICS, including tumbling, partner acrobatics and pyramid building.

3)      CLOWNING AND SLAPSTICK, including clown character and physical comedy.

***At the end of the third rotation participants will be given a card on which to make a first, second and third choice of skill areas to develop further. The teaching artists will use these choices during lunch break to “cast” the three acts for the Instant Circus presentation.

Noon – 12:30 pm: Lunch break. Supervision by site staff.  Teaching artists caucus to divide full group into three acts.

12:30 – 2:30 pm: Three acts rehearse separately, each developing a five minute piece in their skill area.

2:30 – 2:45 pm: Snack Break

2:45 pm Dress Rehearsal and rehearsal for opening parade and finale.

3:30 pm: Open the house for friends and family to watch an Instant Circus, which will be about twenty minutes long.

 4 pm: Return costumes, say goodbye, go home.

 ARTFARM will provide:

3 Teaching artists and a costumer/stage manager

All circus equipment, costumes and makeup

Pre-recorded musical accompaniment

SPONSOR must be able to provide:

Appropriate space

Two support staff

Four gymnastics mats, if possible

THIS PROGRAM CAN BE ADAPTED TO SUIT ALL AGES, SIX THROUGH ADULT.

 



 GRADES K-12

DEVELOPMENTAL DRAMA

A non-performance classroom teaching technique that allows for students to explore their curriculum, themselves and their environment through multiple paths of intelligence that are fostered through drama. Locomotion, emotional intelligence, sequencing, story dramatization, and theme-based exercises are cultivated at age appropriate levels.

CLOWN CHARACTER AND PHYSICAL COMEDY

Physical comedy fundamentals and the creation of personal clown characters combine to open new doors of learning, communication and expression. The liberating experience can be adapted for any age group, kindergarten through adult. 

 

GRADES 8-ADULT 

 

COMMEDIA AMERICANA

Taking the characters and scenarios of the Comedia Americana aimed at college students, this age appropriate adaptation is geared for adventurous high school theater programs. (*see University section)

ORGANIC SHAKESPEARE

Dig the fertile earth of Shakespeare's world. Play with the rhythm of meter and the dynamic of rhetoric and discover how the use and placement of language reveals psychological and plot shifts, moments of emotional truth and action! Learn how to access resources, analyze text and reveal character. On your feel, into your mouths and off the page; this is how it should be done.

SEEDS OF MOVEMENT

A Kinesthetic approach to theater, designed to cultivate organic impulses, nurture trust, communication and spatial awareness as well as develop emotional and physical literacy.